Rotation from current series
C�wealth, Asian meets in city
Beighton Cup from March 21
Bengal manage draw
Raju Ali Round I leader
Sarsuna Sp., Belgachia Utd in semi-finals
Magor win
Arjun Atwal in world�s top 200
Eastern Command Cup/ Set Aside gets first call
Mumbai Racing/ Memories of You romps home

New Delhi, Feb 26: 
The BCCI�s working committee today acted with urgency, deciding to introduce the proposed rotation policy from the ODI series versus Zimbabwe starting March 7 instead of waiting till the West Indies tour.

Skipper Sourav Ganguly later said a pool of 20 players will soon be identified and will form the nucleus of the Indian team for the World Cup. Most of the top international teams have already started this experiment and Sourav said India needed to follow suit.

Other decisions by the working committee included preparation of fast and bouncy wickets in 10 centres, a physical trainer for all Ranji Trophy teams, a zonal medical panel and frequent tours by the India A and Under-19 teams.

However, the long-awaited contract system for Indian cricketers has been postponed with the BCCI today deciding to incorporate a few details suggested by the ICC. Jagmohan Dalmiya said that the contract system, which was to be finalised by February, will be delayed by �a month or two�.

The cause for this delay is to incorporate certain clauses on doping and anti-corruption suggested by the ICC in the contracts. Suggestions from team coach John Wright and physio Andrew Leipus about a clause on physical fitness of the players, is also likely to be included in the players contracts.


Calcutta, Feb. 26: 
The Netaji Indoor Stadium will host the second Commonwealth bodybuilding championship in April. The 41st Asian meet will be held concurrently.

Announcing this at a press conference today, organising committee chairman Partha Sadhan Bose said a dozen countries have confirmed participation till date. By the time the entry deadline gets over on March 15, that number is expected to swell to 35.

Commonwealth powerhouses like Canada and England have said they will take part, but are yet to finalise their teams. Australian participation, though, is doubtful. The hosts will field two teams.

Competitions will be held on April 7 and 8 in eight weight categories � 60 kg, 65 kg, 70 kg, 75 kg, 80 kg, 85 kg, 90 kg and above 90 kg. The weighing-in and other formalities will be done on April 6.

There will be provision for full-scale dope tests to be arranged by the international federation.

Explaining the rationale behind holding two championships simultaneously, secretary Kanu Majumdar explained India had originally been allotted the Commonwealth meet. �Then, the Asian federation asked us to hold the Asian meet also as bodybuilding will make its debut as medal sport at the Asian Games this year. This event will help all Asian competitors warm up for Pusan,� he said.

The organisers, South Calcutta Adarsha Bodybuilding Association, haven�t managed to attract a sponsor. Both the state and Central government have promised financial assistance.


Calcutta, Feb. 26: 
The Beighton Cup hockey championship will get underway on March 21. The final is scheduled on April 4.

According to BHA secretary Gurbux Singh, among the outstation teams to have already confirmed participation are champions CISF, Punjab & Sind Bank, BSF and Army XI.

In BHA first division group B league action today, Nirmal Singh fired a hattrick to guide Punjab SC to a 4-0 win over Chotonagpur SC. Inderjit Singh scored the other goal. Sporting Union beat Jagrihi 2-1, but the winners� Arup Goswami, a national level umpire, was shown the red card.

The day�s third match, between West Bengal Police and Belgachia United, fell through as goalposts had not been posted at the Mohun Bagan ground.

�They were supposed to put up the goalposts by the 15th� if they don�t do so in the next few days, we�ll arrange it ourselves,� said Gurbux.

According to a Mohun Bagan official, they were not aware a match had been scheduled there. �In any case since Mohun Bagan are not fielding a team in the hockey league, we didn�t put up the posts,� was his explanation.

Pritam-Souvik final

Pritam Bose beat Arkabrata Kundu 13-11, 7-11, 17-15, 9-11, 11-6 in the semi-final of the B.M. Chattoraj Memrial age-group table tennis meet today. Pritam will take on Souvik Kar who beat Arindam Dutta 11-5, 11-8, 11-9.


Calcutta, Feb. 26: 
Bengal came from behind to manage a 1-1 draw with Orissa in a group B quarter final league match of the 10th women�s national football championship at the SAI ground this afternoon.

Despite dominating exchanges, Bengal failed to put the ball into the Orissa goal and had to be content with a barren first-half scoreline. The hosts missed some more chances before being stunned by an Orissa goal. Sraddhanjali did the damage, in the 56th minute.

Bengal restored parity four minutes later, Sujata Kar doing the needful. The winning goal remained elusive, though. It was a great result for Orissa, who not long ago, had conceded 26 goals against Bengal.

The match got underway an hour and a half before the time announced by IFA. An official explained it as a �clerical error.�

Maharashtra face the axe

Kerala edged out Maharashtra 2-1 in the other group A game. Maharashtra, however, are likely to be scratched from the tournament after fielding half a dozen unregistered players.

None of the four Punjab (Ranjit Kaur, Gurmit Kaur, Manjit Singh Kaur and Baljit Kaur) and two Goa girls (Laura Estelpero and Girija Desai) who donned Maharashtra jerseys today have taken inter-state transfers, according to match commissioner T.K. Hazarika. On seeing their names in the team list, he asked Maharashtra officials not to play them.

A disciplinary committee meeting has been convened tomorrow following protests by Bengal, Kerala and Orissa.


Calcutta, Feb. 26: 
The form book was no reference point in the first round of the third Royal Challenge Grand Prix at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club here today as unheralded Raju Ali brought in the best card of three under 69.

Raju led the trio of Digvijay Singh, Shiv Prakash and Vijay Kumar, who shot two-under 70 each. Three others, including two Calcutta golfers, Indrajit Bhalotia and Yusuf Ali, and Gurki Shergill shot one-under 71 each.

Five players, Bhoop Singh, Jumman, Mohd. Islam, Rafiq Ali and Shankar Das brought in par rounds of 72 each.

Things did not go too well for the favourites as Mukesh Kumar went two over for a card of 74 and Firoz Ali went six-over for 78.

Firoz remained optimistic, promising to �make up tomorrow,� as Mukesh had an up-and-down day with five bogeys and three birdies and lots of missed putts from close. The cut with top 50 and ties will take place after the second day of this 54-hole tournament.

Raju, who has otherwise had a rather average season with many of his finishes between the 18th and 20th places, has had just one in the top ten, in the Servo Masters (ninth). Today Raju was one of the early starters from the first and began with birdies on the second and fourth and turned around in two under.

A bogey on the tenth put him back, but two successive birdies on the 14th and 15th set him up for the sole lead. Digvijay opened with birdies on the first two holes and had another on the fifth, but bogeys on the third and the seventh meant he played the front nine in one-under. Then, of course, he had three birdies and two bogeys on the back nine.

Vijay Kumar also started well, but then dropped two on the back nine. He had birides on the second, fourth and fifth and was three under after the front nine but bogeyed the tenth and the 14th offsetting it with a birdie on the 15th.

Firoz had six bogeys and no birdies on an eminently forgettable day. �It was just horrible. I was missing putts from such close distances and played badly,� he said


Calcutta, Feb. 26: 
Sarsuna Sporting Union and Belgachia United moved into the semi-finals of the Milo under-19 inter-cricket coaching centre meet. In today�s matches, Sarsuna trounced Sambaran Banerjee CA by eight wickets while Belgachia defeated ECDSC by four wickets.


Sambaran Banerjee CA 147/6 (Subhajit Banerjee 75). Sarsuna Sporting Union 153/2 (Siddhartha Mukherjee 65 n.o.). Sarsuna Sporting won by 8 wkts.

Lake Friends CCC 174 (Ajmal Khan 4/33). P. Sen Memorial CCC 176/8 (Arnab Gupta 88). P. Sen Memorial CCC won by 2 wkts.

ECDSC 143 (Sudip Palit 3/20). Belgachia United 144/6 (Debabrata Das 51). Belgachia United won by 4 wkts.

George Telegraph 173 (Kajal Das 39; Priyadarshi Debashish 4/12). Ashok Malhotra CA 162/7 (Amar Preet Singh 61). George won by 11 runs.

Inter-school meet

Supratik Sinha hammered 91 and took five wickets for Jodhpur Park Boys HS as Saifee Hall fell for 240, a good 93 short of the Jodhpur total of 333 for nine in the inter-school meet today.


Behala HS 147 (Pranab Giri 4/31, Kunal Adhikary 3/16). Lakshmipat Singhania Academy 119 (Sahil Jain 4/27). Behala HS won by 28 runs.

Acharya Prafulla Chandra HS 143 (Pinaki Mukherjee 44; Samrat Datta 3/8, Somnath Chandra 3/9). St. Paul�s School 145/6 (Krishanu Dey 32n.o.; Bhaskar Mondol 4/36). St Paul�s won by 4 wkts.

Bhawanipur Gujarati Education Society 252 (S. Modi 87, R. Jain 69). St James� 256/3 (Sourav Mondol 111n.o.). St James� won by 7 wkts.

Jodhpur Park Boys 333/9 (Supratik Sinha 91, Sushanta Mitra 65; Misbahuddin Shami 3/48). Saifee Hall 240 (Faiz Ahmed 64; Supratik Sinha 5/46). Jodhpur Park won by 93 runs.


Calcutta, Feb. 26: 
Williamson Magor crushed Wockhardt 21-1, 21-10 in their opening match in The Telegraph Merchants� Cup badminton meet at the Saturday Club today.

In a one-sided match, Topsel beat J Thomas 21-5, 21-3 while Tisco beat Pepsi 21-0, 21-14 and ITC �B� defeated Infar 21-5, 21-18. Indal got the better of Ogilvy and Mather, winning 21-14, 21-6.

Madhya Bharat Paper was stretched by The Assam Company and finally won 21-3, 12-21, 21-9.


Calcutta, Feb. 26: 
His sensational victory in the $ 900,000 Caltex Singapore Masters has catapulted Calcutta�s Arjun Atwal into the top 200 in the world rankings. That makes him only the second Indian after Jeev Milkha Singh to achieve this feat.

The latest rankings, released yesterday, Atwal has moved up 117 places from last week�s 303rd spot to a career-high 186th position. Jeev is now in 188th place, according to information reaching here.

�It feels great to be in a select group. However, I have set my aim much higher after the victory. I would like to improve my rankings to a position where I start getting direct entries into the big events,� said Atwal, who is currently in Kuala Lumpur for the $ 1 million Carlsberg Malaysian Open starting Thursday.

Only four other non-Japanese Asians feature in the top-200 of world rankings. Taiwan�s Lin Keng-Chi, the inaugural Asian PGA Order of Merit winner, is in 103rd place, while Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand is 133rd. Frankie Minoza of the Philippines is 173rd and Korea�s Choi Kyung-Ju four rungs lower.


Calcutta, Feb. 26: 
Although marginally at weight disadvantage against Among Men, Discomatic and Illustrious Reign, the Farley Rodrigues-trained Set Aside may cash in on her improvement and lift the 2,000m Eastern Command Cup tomorrow. Apprentice Amar Preet Singh�s riding allowance of 2.5 kg may come handy for the Steinbeck-Trois Etoiles mare who�s last week�s mile gallop was simply outstanding. Among Men and Discomatic may fight it out for minor slots.

Read as: Horse number, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:

1st Race at 1.40 p.m.

Red Flannel Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV�Rated 22-50)� Indian jockeys only
1 0000 Auctioneer [Mujeeb] Surender S. 60.5 1
2 0000 Schumacher [Daniel] A. P. Singh 60.5 6
3 3304 Declarationoflvoe [R. Alford) I. Chisty 60.0 5
4 1300 Adeline [Daniel] Upadhya 56.0 7
5 0000 New Fortune [Daniel] S. Salam 55.5 2
6 4000 Rheinheart [Bath] G. Singh 55.0 4
7 0034 Beau Bruno [Stephens] Brij S. 54.5 9
8 3030 Global Harmony [Mujeeb] Md Islam 49.5 8
9 0000 Ever So Loyal [Rodrigues] S. Rabani 48.0 3

1. Declarationoflove (3) 2. Auctioneer (1) 3. Beau Bruno (7)

Declarationoflove: Ignore his last runs. May take some beating against the present lot. Auctioneer: A speedy custopmer. May surprise. Beau Bruno: May place.

2nd Race at 2.20 p.m.

Upguards Handicap 1,100m (Cl III, Rt. 44-72)� Indian jockeys only
1 3000 Pearl Dragon [Daniel] B. Gurang 60.0 3
2 1000 On The Bit [Stephens] R. Gowli 58.5 5
3 0021 Zuhaak [Karki] K. Kumar 57.5 9
4 1103 Andrada [Vijay] S. Domingo 55.0 1
5 1110 Rare Gold [Mujeeb] Gajender S. 54.0 4
6 2330 Common Spirit [Daniel S. Salam 53.0 6
7 - 402 Wakamba Warrior [Mujeeb] Shanker 53.0 7
8 0201 Magnifico [Vijay] Md Islam 52.5 8
9 4412 Sergeant Slipper [Daniel] A. P. Singh 52.0 2
10 --2400 Starina [R. Alford] I. Chisty 52.0 10

1. Sergeant Slipper (9) 2. Andrada (4) 3. Zuhaak (3)

Sergeant Slipper: Ignore his last run. Capable of doing better. Andrada: Working well but nowhere near his last season form. Zuhaak: May place.

3rd Race at 2.50 p.m.

Lt. Gen. Jameel Mahmood Memorial Trophy 1,200m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50)
1 3330 Secret Adversary [Daniel] B. Gurang 60.0 5
2 1010 Rich Dominion [Daniel] N. Connorton 58.0 2
3 2310 Grecian Prince [Daniel] R. Ahmed 56.0 1
4 004 Aklovic [Mujeeb] Md Amil 48.0 3
5 0322 Lady Shirley [Rodrigues] S. Rabani 47.5 4

1. Rich Dominion (2) 2. Secret Adversary (1) 3. Grecian Prince (3)

Rich Dominion: A winner of three races and still in Class IV. Secret Adversary: A better class horse ridden by a poor jockey. Grecian Prince: May place.

4th Race at 3.20 p.m.

Eastern Command Cup 2,000m (Cl II; Cl III eligible Rt.44-94)
1 0114 Set Side [Rodrigues] A. P. Singh 60.0 3
2 0411 Discomatic [Daniel] N. Connorton 59.5 1
3 0000 Alkido [Bharath] Md lslam 57.5 6
4 4022 Among Men [Javed] R. Gowli 57.5 4
5 4043 Illustrious Reign [Jaiswal] I. Chisty 55.5 5
6 0030 Yukon [Rodrigues] Upadhya 53.5 2

1. Set Aside (1) 2. Among Men (4) 3. Discomatic (2)

Set Aside: Her brilliant work outs suggests improvement. Among Men: Stands a fighting chance at the present weights. Discomatic : May Upset.

5th Race at 3.55 p.m.

Courageous Cup 1,200m (Cl II Rt. 66-94)
W ---- Silver Patriarch [Daniel] (Withdrawn) 60.0 --
2 1004 Added Asset [Bharath] Md Islam 57.5 9
3 3413 Anokato [Daniel] Upadhya 57.5 11
4 0201 Scarlet Raider [Daniel] V. Jaiswal 57.0 3
5 4004 Arctic Fancy [Daniel] N. Connorton 56.5 2
6 0034 Sky Command [Mujeeb] Gajender S. 56.5 10
7 0011 Sadaf [Bharath] S. Rabani 56.0 6
8 2121 Abashed [Vijay] Surender S. 55.5 7
9 0000 Reine Beau [Daniel] B. Gurang 54.0 5
10 0011 Excellent Striker [Daniel] A. P. Singh 53.5 12
11 -113 Angeles [Vijay] C. Alford 53.0 1
12 3010 Lawyer�s Love [R. Alford] I. Chisty 53.0 8
13 0110 Raaz [Javed] E. Smith 53.0 4

1. Angeles (11) 2. Added Asset (2) 3. Excellent Striker (10)

Angeles: A good third in the 1,000 Guineas. May be hard to down. Added Asset: May improve on his easy fourth. Excellent Striker: Upset, if any.

6th Race at 4.30 p.m.

Partisan Handicap 1,200m (Cl V, Rt. 18 & below) � Indian jockeys only
1 4003 Heaven�s Blessing [Bath] A. P. Singh 60.0 5
2 0342 Wild Is The Wind [Mujeeb] C. Alford 60.0 8
3 - - -0 Flinders [Rodrigues] Md Islam 59.5 2
4 0230 Kyalami [ R. Alford] Brij S. 58.0 4
5 0000 Scenic Song [Mujeeb] S. Rabani 57.5 3
6 4023 Piece of Cake [Rodrigues] Upadhya 56.5 1
7 0000 Jeypore [Bath] S. Shanker 56.0 7
W ---- Don Vittorio [Bath] (Withdrawn) 55.5 --
W ---- Keep The Faith [Jaiswal] (Withdrawn) 55.5 --
10 0004 Gul [Javed] N. Engineer 54.5 6

1. Wild Is The Wind (2) 2. Flinders (3) 3. Heaven�s Blessing (1)

Wild Is The Wind: Improving with eash run. May find the target now. Flinders: Had a good mock race-trial. Heaven�s Blessing: May place.

Day�s Best: Angeles

Double: Sergeant Slipper & Wild Is The Wind

Mumbai, Feb. 26: 
Trained by Cooji Katrak, Memories of You romped home with the Abdullah Khairaz Trophy over 2,000m, at the Mumbai races held on Tuesday. C. Rajender partnered the Don�t Forget Me-Dramatic Irony filly to victory.


(With inter-state dividends)

1st race: Pure Cream (Shroff) 1; Arctic Star 2; Tactful 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 2-1/4; 1-53.2). (W) Rs 17;(P) 12; 20; (Q) 23; (T) 75. Fav: Pure Cream (5).

2nd race: Lucky Strike (McCullagh) 1; Aureus 2; Dhanasri 3. Not run: Noble One (3). Won by: Hd; 9; (1-37.9). (W) Rs 15; (P) 10; 13; 18; (Q) 19; (T) 75. Fav: Lucky Stike (5).

3rd race:. Rosehill Gardens (J. Chinoy) 1; Hiccups 2; Reap The Bounty 3. Not run: Tagamet (4). Won by: 2-3/4; SH; (1-7.3). (W) Rs 42; (P) 15; 24; 17; (Q) 212; (T) 1,315. Fav: Tio Pepe (3).

4th race: Memories of You (Rajendra) 1; Centenary 2; Stone Ridge 3. Won by: 4-1/4; Nk; (2-5.5). (W) Rs 22; (P)15; 17; (Q) 34; (T) 303. Fav: Memories of You (2).

5th race:. Aldeburgh (M. Narredu) Cut Time 2; La Reine 3. Won by: 9-1/2; 2-1/4; (1-12.1). (W) Rs 14; (P) 11; 20; 16; (Q) 40; (T) 108. Fav: Aldeburgh (1).

6th race:. Saving Faith (Deora) 1; Star Forever 2; Sea Nymph 3. Won by: 4-3/4; 1/2; (1-1.2). (W) Rs 45; (P) 18; 30; 16; (Q) 188; (T) 1,450. Fav: Saving Faith (2).

7th race:. Royal Divine (M. Narredu) 1; Astaire 2; Applause 3. Not run: Risque (7). Won by: 2-1/4; 1-1/2; (1-40.2). (W) Rs 48; (P) 20; 21; 13; (Q) 143; (T) 398. Fav: Applause (5).

Jackpot: Rs 1,789; (C) Rs 125.

Treble: (i) Rs 121; (ii) Rs 243.

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